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Comment Re:They've been going about it wrong for years (Score 1) 202

A "Swiss watch" means that it follows the 'Ordinance regulating the use of the name "Swiss" on watches', which also includes quartz watches.

It might be that in your locale it is commonly taken to mean a purely mechanical watch, but that isn't the same the whole world over.

Comment Clipper chip (Score 1) 260

Yeah cos the clipper chip was a huge success and export grade crypto from the 80's and 90's hasnt caused any problems ever.

I'll go back to painting steganography with unicorn poo then.... which is about as workable as the proposals we've heard so far.

One of many brits who'll argue against this

Comment Simple explanation: he tries to sound 'tough' (Score 1) 98

Cameron is trying to sound "tough" to appeal to voters, especially in the run up to the General Election in May. Of course, sounding tough doesn't require that your stated policy makes any sense technically, logically, economically or in any other sense.

Comment Re:PR works well? Where? (Score 5, Insightful) 413

The great virtue of 'first past the post' is that it forces parties to appeal to a wider group than their obvious supporters...

I'm not sure that's necessarily true, but what FPTP does do is push everything towards a two-party state. This is why you get, effectively, extremists on both sides. Case in point: UK and USA. Minor parties are pushed out, moderate viewpoints are ignored. FPTP directly leads to "Us v. Them" contests.

In fact, thinking more about your first point: I don't think it's quite true. FPTP encourages parties to talk negatively about their opponents rather than push their own positive points.

Comment Dropping NPAPI broke VMware consoles on Linux (Score 2) 107

Google Chrome for Linux dropped support for NPAPI in version 35. This meant that if you use VMware, there's now no current browser which allows you to open VMware consoles via VMware vSphere/vCenter.

This is because of two related issues:

- vCenter needs Flash, but it has to be *recent* Flash (not 11.2 Linux Flash). Only option which provides recent Flash is Chrome;

- vCenter's 'launch console' add-in is NPAPI-based, so that won't work from Chrome version 35 onwards.

Therefore my VMware-managing setup on my Linux desktop is Google Chrome 34, pinned to prevent updating; and this is used only for local VMware management, not browsing.

I post this just for information and to rant about it yet again, but of course this is VMware's fault for relying on a deprecated architecture for plugins.

Comment Re:Git Is Not The Be All End All (Score 1) 245

On the "single source of truth" point, I don't think this is incompatible with distributed version control. Just make it your policy that a given repository is the canonical source.

If their existing SCM application is working for them, and they're happy with it, then it's perfectly fine.


Comment Re:There are no "remote" exploits for bash (Score 1) 329

unless the default is dash like in for example debian and ubuntu of ocourse...

It depends on the ancestry of the system. Recent installs appear to have /bin/sh symlinked to /bin/dash, but older installs (even if subsequently upgraded to latest stable) persist the former default of linking /bin/sh to /bin/bash

Specifically, I've got servers which were originally installed in 2005, have been upgraded from the original Debian Sarge; these link to /bin/bash. Anything installed afresh since about Debian Lenny seems to have /bin/dash